Lost in Lost River

abandoned building, Lost River WV


I came across this abandoned building in Lost River, WV. I couldn’t help but note the irony. This once impressive structure now stood abandoned, indeed, even fenced in only a few feet from the banks of the Lost River. As I marveled at its weathered beauty, I wondered about its original purpose. Was it a store, a residence, or some combination?

A close look revealed that the clapboard framed building had most recently been used as a barn, noting the rotting straw in the missing siding. The former entrance was boarded up and fenced off by newly strung barbed wire. Both its history and utilitarian purpose seemed lost. And yet, its stark beauty was alluring, especially given the setting.

Perhaps I’m too sentimental. But I both admire and marvel at structures like this one. What stories does it hold? What social function did it fulfill? Will the answers forever be lost in the little crossroads burg of Lost River, WV?

“Lost in Lost River” is my Photo of the Week.

© Bruce Stambaugh 2016


Filed under architectural photography, history, human interest, Photo of the Week, photography, rural life, writing

6 responses to “Lost in Lost River

  1. Gail B.

    Neat! Like you, when we come across old or abandoned buildings we often wonder about the ‘back story” and the lives of people who lived or worked there. Curiosities indeed.

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  2. Thanks, Gail. I’m not surprised that we indeed enjoy the same treasures of the earth.


  3. We drove back to our home from Seneca Rocks, passing through Moorefield WV and then intending to use Corridor H for a quicker pass back to Baker, then Broadway, and home. But we had cued my google maps on my phone and in Moorefield, it directed us to take the LONGEST. Back. Road. we’d traveled in recent memory. Did I say bumpy? With my 92 year old mother along?? Not a good plan. But we and she survived. I don’t remember this abandoned building however. Very striking & lovely photo.

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  4. elaine williams

    Beautiful old structure!! I too look at these and wonder; what did they look like when they were first built, who lived there, what was its’ purpose? They are just full of history that is lost. Thank you for all your beautiful pictures and thoughts. elaine


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